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Old Jan 13th, 2015, 15:05 PM   1
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TMJ?... just need a bit of a vent...


I already have bad knees (since high school), tendonitis in both shoulders, an old hip injury that didn't heal right (so that is usually painful)... and basically just overall aches.

So yeah- now that the right side of my jaw (which has popped for year- but not been painful) is now shooting pain on occasion while eating... I'm about to scream. I really do not need anymore issues?!

I mean seriously! I've done so much already to help manage all my current pains. Including Physical Therapy, acupuncture, massage, chiropractic, naturopathic medicine... and thankfully, all that does help keep it in check (well, manageable) most days. But come on!!!!

I just feel too young to be dealing with all this all the time. I'm 41- and no spring chicken- but I'm not 80?! I swear there are probably 80 year olds in less pain! eesh...

Thanks for listening... I know I'm doing all I can. Just needed to get that out and be over my pity party moment! lol. so, I push on.

Shoot- if I can get in better shape at 41, than I was at 28 (even with all my pain)- then I'm doing pretty darn good I think!



 
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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 12:15 PM   2
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I feel your pain I'm 33, diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. It can be really challenging living with constant pain, and flare ups are so frustrating. I manage to stay up beat most of the time and when I can be strict about pain management my pain levels are just about under some sort of control but there are times when I want to scream and shout, I'm 33 not 90 gahh

Anyway just wanted to let you know you're not alone Hope your neck / jaw pain settles soon!!

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Old Jan 14th, 2015, 13:46 PM   3
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Thanks hun! I'm sory anyone has to live with chronic pain. My best friend does too- even had her spine fused at 36!!! So crazy! Big hugs to you

Manage it is all we can do though- - too bad there isn't a magic pill (well- maybe there is? lol)- but not one that would just FIX all our pain. I was tested for fibromyalgia- in case, since I have so many issues. But obviously mine are just wear and tear..!

Keep it up huny! We got this!!!!



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:24 PM   4
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^^ Magic pill sounds good, let me know if you find any

Do you mind me asking, were you pregnant with Chronic Pain?

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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:29 PM   5
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^^ Magic pill sounds good, let me know if you find any

Do you mind me asking, were you pregnant with Chronic Pain?

xx
Don't mind at all ... and Yes, I was. But- tbh- I'd gotten to a pretty good place prior to pregnancy. My hips hurt like heck towards the end- and my left shoulder was bad (I was actually doing physical therapy during the first trimester of my pregnancy)- but my right didn't get bad till after LO was born. Overall, I did really well during my pregnancy (I think) - now after... carrying LO around and all the bending and recovery... that was tough at times for sure! It was probably a year till I felt more normal- and well after before I got all my pains better managed. It's a process!



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:35 PM   6
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btw- not sure this would help you, but can't hurt to look into it. My naturopathic doc really got my inflammation under control (by proper diet and supplements). It's made a big difference for sure! And I no longer need Advil daily to help control my pain- so that's nice. I'm still IN pain- but it's well more manageable most days now. But my inflammation was causing my pain to be worse. Just my experience. But I had blood work done to test my food intolerance- and proper supplements... and, at first, it got much worse (as I stopped taking pain meds)- but within weeks it got better. and continues to get better. It's been 4mos now- so not sure it will get better from here? But I'm hopeful! Working out and taking care of myself helps too- again, hard at first, but in time- things improved. I've built more muscle and that strength helps my endurance and just helps me feel more fit overall. I really took control after LO was born- as caring for her can be hard on me physically (I'm sure you know).



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:39 PM   7
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Thanks

My Chronic Pain developed 3 years ago when my LO was already 3, I found it very upsetting at the time getting my head around how much it affected my role with him, and I carried a lot of guilt. Obviously as he's got older, it has got easier to an extent, partly because he's more self sufficient and because we've all had to adapt to my limitations.

I'd LOVE a second child but am so aware of how much I struggle with daily life as it is and I take a lot of medications that I'd have to stop before getting pregnant. With my optimism and rose tinted glasses on I think 'Oh it'll be fine' but when I'm having a difficult day I think I'm crazy for even considering it

Do you have any tips for dealing with chronic pain being pregnant / looking after a newborn or did you just muddle through best you could? Gahh, wish life was more straight forward sometimes

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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:51 PM   8
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I hear ya girl! I still feel a twang of guilt sometimes when I think how HARD it was on me physically (that first year especially)- as I know there were moments my patients wasn't as good as it should of been- or I couldn't hold LO as long as I wanted (cause she wanted to be walked around- not sitting!). Etc... but- We are a sum of ALL our parts- not just a bad moment

For me- most of my pains can be managed if I'm diligent. I was going to the chiro weekly, getting massages, seeing a acupuncturist... working on my diet etc... I think though, I just took each day at a time. There were days it's was HARD. But, I'd take a breathe, and remind myself- this too shall pass. Maybe not fully- as you know- but there are good days too. And now, there are well more good than bad- least more manageable days. When LO was a newborn- if I held her too long in one position- my shoulder would be SO sore the next day it made it hard to do anything. So I also had to know my limits- and adhere to them... or, pay the price! But now- I can carry her for a good amount of time (prob still longer than I should) and be Ok enough.

It's just about knowing your body and what it can (or shouldn't) do. What you can do to manage it each day and not worrying too much about the future. It's hard not to. I do worry what I'll feel like in 5-10 or more years... but I can only be present today. Right? LOL.



 
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Old Jan 15th, 2015, 13:55 PM   9
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You've prob researched it all already- but here is a good site I tend to find very helpful when I need good info (since google is not always my friend!)- LOL

http://www.webmd.com/fibromyalgia/gu...iet-connection



 
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Old Jan 16th, 2015, 01:32 AM   10
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I'm 26 and just recently told I have tmj. I thought I had tetanus because I couldn't open my mouth for a few days. It is so painful and then it just disappears! I think the worst part is never knowing when its going to flare up. Other than a nightgard and decreasing stress there isn't much you can do apparently, or so I'm told. I don't even grind my teeth overnight... Also I love eating so of course I'd get stuck with a jaw problem. My jaw also clicks here and there but for me my flare ups are always on my left side. Stupid jaw, I feel your pain and I'm sorry you have to go through it.



 
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